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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bilingual Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  2:10 AM

We’re transforming Africa through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries!
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS, www.nexteinstein.org) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. Its mission is to enable Africa's brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa's future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. The first AIMS centre opened in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003; since 2011, AIMS has opened additional centres in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania. AIMS is preparing to open its 6th Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The goal of the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) is to build a pan-African network of 15 centres of excellence across the continent by 2023.
Each AIMS centre provides an intensive and broad education to over 50 African students each year and prepares them for leadership careers in academia, governance and industry. The AIMS educational program relies on top international lecturers who teach in a 24-hour learning environment.
If you bring a collaborative spirit with a passion to effect change, consider this opportunity as the…
Bilingual Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager
Reporting to the Executive Vice-President, you will lead and support the performance measurement and knowledge management functions of the AIMS network, including the planning, design and implementation of MERL activities.
You will work with a multicultural and physically distributed team to provide strategic leadership and oversight in the planning and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and reporting to ensure quality and timely delivery of programs across the network. You will bring well-honed M&E and planning skills to the network in order to set realistic targets, design and implement a variety of data collection tools and resources, and to accurately track and measure meaningful, quality data and present this in clear formats to donors and partners.
This is a full-time opportunity based at the AIMS Secretariat in Kigali, Rwanda.
Do you have what we need?
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in international development; information management, statistics, project management or related social sciences, PhD is a strong plus;
  • Bilingual (English and French), excellent writing and communication skills in both languages, including excellent report writing skills;
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ professional experience with at least three (3) years’ hands-on experience managing and/or conducting evaluations or research;
  • Successful leadership experience within a changing environment, and working in multiple locations to deliver effective M&E;
  • Excellent data management skills, both qualitative and quantitative, including using Excel, SPSS, SAS or other related data management and analysis software;
  • Experience and understanding of results-based management;
  • Experience working with international donor funds, e.g. DFID, IDRC, USAID, etc.;
  • Ability to deliver training and facilitate interactive workshops in MERL;
  • Flexible, intellectually curious and creative;
  • Ability to provide solutions and inspire teams to learn and achieve;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work in multicultural teams;
  • Appreciation of/training in gender equity and equality will be important;
  • A good understanding of the key trends and emerging issues in the fields of education, especially Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and youth development in Africa;
  • Self-sufficient in a Windows environment, using MS Office and select Internet applications (Google Docs, Dropbox, Skype).

HOW TO APPLY:
Are you ready to be a part of the transformation?
Submit your letter of motivation, including salary expectations together with a detailed CV to:careers@nexteinstein.org (i.e. quote “Bilingual Senior MERL Manager” in the subject line). Applications will be accepted until July 22, 2016.
Should no feedback be received from AIMS-NEI within four weeks of your submission, kindly accept that your application will not be further pursued. AIMS-NEI reserves the right not to make an appointment at its sole discretion.
AIMS-NEI is an equal opportunity employer.

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